StudyAdelaide is committed to helping students make the most of their study experience in Adelaide, and this includes celebrating their achievements.

The International Student Awards are an initiative of StudyAdelaide and presented by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia.  The award recipients were recognised at an event in the grounds of Government House on Friday 28th October where they were presented with their certificate and prize.

Two awards are presented for each category outstanding achievement is presented to the category winner, and a highly commended presented to the runnerup.

One major prize of International Student of the Year is awarded to the most outstanding student from across all category winners.

International Student of the Year

2016_Governors_Farewell_129Emmanuel Ita Bassey, Flinders University
Nigeria

After winning a prestigious Australia Award scholarship, Emmanuel has excelled in his study; achieving the Chancellor’s letter of commendation during his Master of Disability Policy and Practice at Flinders University. With his dissertation looking at whether there are additional barriers to acquiring and maintaining social networks and supports for adults who acquire significant vision impairment in adulthood, Emmanuel has put his study into real world practice; being instrumental in the creation of the first of its kind visual rehabilitation unit in a tertiary eye hospital in his home country of Nigeria. Before this practice was developed, patients needed to travel 2000 kilometres to receive the same level of care. He has also been recognised by the Golden Key International Honours Society for academic excellence, and is the Acting Secretary of the Nigerian Computer Association of the Blind (NICAB); achievements he has achieved in spite of acquiring a visual impairment prior to commencing study in Australia.

Special Commendation for Cultural Contribution to South Australia

2016_Governors_Farewell_126Bingchen Ye, The University of Adelaide
China

2016 has seen Bingchen win many martial artist titles, including the 2016 Oceania International Kungfu Wushu Championships in Sydney, and three gold medals at the 2016 Hong Kong International Kungfu and Wushu Championships. He has started a self-defence program in his academy for international students at the University of Adelaide, and runs Tai Chi and Kungfu classes to help the elderly improve their overall health; with the goal of expanding his work into setting up a program for people living with a disability.

Academic Excellence:

Postgraduate Research – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_104Son Duy Dao, University of South Australia
Vietnam

Producing 23 research papers and winning three prestigious postgraduate PhD scholarships, Son has achieved many things during his time studying in Australia. Despite his modest upbringing, he is working towards becoming a professor; initially completing his Masters study at the University of South Australia in 2010, before returning to Vietnam to work for the Thai Nguyen University of Technology. Two years later, he returned to Adelaide to study a PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of South Australia after winning the prestigious Endeavour scholarship from Australian Government. Sending half of his scholarship money to his family back home and paying for his younger brother’s university fees, Son’s research project will serve as a fundamental step towards developing a VCIM system that will help thousands of business’ worldwide run more effectively.

Postgraduate Research – Highly Commended

Hanan Hamimi Binti Wahid, The University of Adelaide
Malaysia

Postgraduate Coursework – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_107Emmanuel Ita Bassey, Flinders University
Nigeria

After winning a prestigious Australia Award scholarship, Emmanuel has excelled in his study; achieving the Chancellor’s letter of commendation during his Master of Disability Policy and Practice at Flinders University. With his dissertation looking at whether there are additional barriers to acquiring and maintaining social networks and supports for adults who acquire significant vision impairment in adulthood, Emmanuel has put his study into real world practice; being instrumental in the creation of the first of its kind visual rehabilitation unit in a tertiary eye hospital in his home country of Nigeria. Before this practice was developed, patients needed to travel 2000 kilometres to receive the same level of care. He has also been recognised by the Golden Key International Honours Society for academic excellence, and is the Acting Secretary of the Nigerian Computer Association of the Blind (NICAB); achievements he has achieved in spite of acquiring a visual impairment prior to commencing study in Australia.

Postgraduate Coursework – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_108Zijia Wong, Flinders University
Singapore

After growing up in an English speaking school in Singapore and not understanding the language, Zijia was determined to excel in English and completed her undergraduate studies in journalism. Now, she is studying a Masters of Teaching in Early Childhood, and has focused her studies on teaching children from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Despite her mother passing away in her second year of study, she has chosen to volunteer in a local primary school and has maintained excellent grades.

Postgraduate Coursework – Highly Commended

2016_Governors_Farewell_105Hung Manh Duong, University of South Australia
Vietnam

Studying a Master of Finance at the University of South Australia, Hung has an outstanding academic record, with a GPA of 7. The top student in his International Finance class, Hung has conducted real world research into the effects of abolishing a Carbon Trading System on the Australian stock market, and has ambitions of being a successful entrepreneur and professional speaker. In addition to his study, Hung is a CPA student ambassador, and has assisted with numerous events outside of the classroom, including the UniSA Careers Expo and 2016 Open Day.

Undergraduate – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_111Rachel Mesler, Flinders University
Norway/USA

Currently in her second year of a Bachelor Honours degree in Information Technology at Flinders University, Rachel is one of the students in the top 10% of her degree and has maintained a GPA of 7. Competing alongside 7,000 students from 32 universities at Engineers Without Borders in 2015, Rachel won the regional showcase for South Australia, and was selected to represent the state at the national level. She has also received the Chancellors Letter of Commendation and was accepted into the Golden Key International Honour Society during her study.

Undergraduate – Highly Commended

2016_Governors_Farewell_109Keren Wu, Flinders University
China

Keren completed her high school education in Adelaide during 2011, studying at Glenunga International High School before moving on to start her Bachelor of Clinical Science/Doctor of Medicine at Flinders University. Keren has received the Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation, and was nominated for membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society. Volunteering to facilitate clinical trials, Keren has also developed a keen interest in Indigenous health, and has attended the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association Annual Professional development and networking event.

Undergraduate – Highly Commended

2016_Governors_Farewell_110Daria Silvana Mosberger, University of South Australia
Switzerland

Daria studied the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Cognitive Neuroscience) at the University of South Australia. Her academic achievements have allowed her to transfer into the Honours Degree of Psychosocial Science, commencing next year. Originating from Switzerland, Daria is passionate about cognitive aging and impairments; aiming to improve treatments for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease. In addition to her full time study, Daria volunteers as a rehabilitation support worker at Brain Injury SA, and is doing a 50 hour research placement at the Research Health Clinic at the University of South Australia.

Vocational Education and Training – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_113Chrysanthi Delimitrou, TafeSA
Greece

Chrysanthi is in her final semester of an Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communication Engineering at TAFE SA; achieving 100% in all her maths and physics tests despite dealing with serious medical issues throughout this period of study. With hopes of commencing study at University once her Advanced Diploma is over, Chrysanthi has her sights set on a career in engineering.

Vocational Education and Training – Highly Commended

2016_Governors_Farewell_112Mosammat Jakia Ferdous, TafeSA
Bangladesh

Mosammat is studying a Diploma of Software Development at TAFE SA; a course she started after moving to Adelaide and completing ELICOS study in 2015. Choosing to study programming with the goal of having a career in software development, Mosammat takes pride in her work, and makes study her first priority before any extra extracurricular activities.

Pathways – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_115Rohit Kumar, The University of Adelaide College
India

Since commencing study at the University of Adelaide College (formally Bradford College) in October 2015, Rohit has been elected as president of the College social club, and undertaken volunteering at the Phillip Kennedy Centre – an aged care home – in Largs Bay. After completing his first semester with all high distinctions, one project he produced was chosen by the University of Adelaide’s School of Computer Science to be presented at Ingenuity 2016; an interactive exhibition of student achievement exploring the dynamic world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In February 2016, he graduated from Degree Transfer studies in computer science; receiving academic excellence awards for gaining the highest marks in Programming and Academic English, and he has also been invited to join the AIESEC as a global citizen volunteer.

Pathways – Highly Commended

2016_Governors_Farewell_114Mohamed Hassan Naheka, South Australian Institute of Business and Technology
Tanzania

Mohamed is studying a Diploma in Engineering at SAIBT which will eventually lead into an Electrical and Mechatronic Engineering degree at the University of South Australia. He was inspired to study engineering because of the positive influence of his Uncle who was a passionate electrical engineer in his home country of Tanzania.

School – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_117Taeho Kim, Eynesbury Senior College
South Korea

In addition to achieving straight A scores throughout her study, Eynesbury Senior College’s Taeho has been awarded subject merits in Mathematical Studies and a research project, and this year also participated in the 2016 Titration Competition held by Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). With a goal of successfully completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Adelaide once her high school education is complete, Taeho has strengthened her passion for this field by interviewing doctors for research into health ethics issues she’s passionate about, including euthanasia.

School – Highly Commended

Taehwan Jung, Glenunga International High School
South Korea

When he first arrived in Australia as a shy boy who didn’t speak English, Taehwan took every opportunity afforded to him; securing a role as an Intensive Secondary English Course (ISEC) Peer Support Leader at Glenunga International High School, and helping new students gain more confidence and adapt to the Australian school environment. He was also elected to the position of school prefect, and has contributed to organising events including a wellbeing week, sports day, music festivals and student artwork exhibitions. He has also chosen to study arts and sports, as he believes these areas of learning contribute to a holistic education.

Community Engagement – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_120Jason Pinwen Lu, The University of Adelaide
Singapore

After his brother saved enough money to provide Jason with an Australian education, he has achieved outstanding marks, volunteered his time, and hasn’t missed a single tutorial. In addition to completing his Master of Accounting and Marketing at the University of Adelaide, Jason has dedicated his time to volunteering; taking on roles with the Red Cross, Radio Adelaide and developing EQUALS’ ‘How to Build a School in 100 Days’ marketing program. The program was implemented by the EQUALS’ Foundation’s Café Culture, where the proceeds from coffee sales go towards students building a school for students in Nigeria, with building on this project commencing in August 2016.

Community Engagement – Highly Commended

2016_Governors_Farewell_118Guiqing (Henry) Liu, Flinders University
China

After moving to Adelaide and initially feeling isolated and finding it hard to make friends, Guiqing founded a program called Cultural Connections at Flinders University. A way to help improve the English language skills of international students on campus, the program connects 25 international students with 25 volunteers who meet for an hour each week, to learn about each other’s culture. Guiqing also organises Cultural Connections BBQs while balancing studying his Master of Social Work.

Community Engagement – Highly Commended

2016_Governors_Farewell_119Anupol Bordoloi, Flinders University
India

While he has only been studying Masters of Social Work at Flinders University for one and a half years, Anupol has made a name for himself within the student community. Currently the President of Enactus – a group of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better and more sustainable world – he represented Flinders at the 2015 Enactus Australia National Competition, where his group won a food waste challenge grant. He is also a Sub-Editor for the Empire Times, a mentor in the Inspire Mentor Program, has volunteered at the OzAsia festival, and is a Harmony Ambassador for the SANFL.

Arts and Culture – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_122Siwen Lei, University of South Australia
China

As well as studying a Master of Teaching (Primary) at the University of South Australia, Siwen has used her love of music to teach students about the Chinese musical instrument the Guzheng. In addition to performing at the University of Adelaide’s Open Day, she has taught a class about the Guzheng at St Andrew’s School. Currently completing her work placement at Glen Osmond Primary School, Siwen has also volunteered at the Royal Adelaide Show, Tour Down Under, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Cancer Council and at William Light School; the first Chinese bilingual school in South Australia.

Arts and Culture – Highly Commended

2016_Governors_Farewell_121Li Jiaming, Flinders University
China

Volunteering at AsiaFest in October 2015, Li has used her skill as a professional musician to share Chinese culture with South Australian’s; playing the musical instrument the Erhu as a soloist at the South Australian Chinese Association New Year party, and volunteering as a musician at Resthaven and Estia Health. Studying a Masters of Social Work at Flinders University, Li is also part of the Chinese Traditional Arts Club of Chinese Students & Scholars Association, and has set up a Chinese Traditional Arts Club on campus; improving her English language skills thanks to her efforts.

Sporting Excellence – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_123Bingchen Ye, The University of Adelaide
China

2016 has seen Bingchen win many martial artist titles, including the 2016 Oceania International Kungfu Wushu Championships in Sydney, and three gold medals at the 2016 Hong Kong International Kungfu and Wushu Championships. He has started a self-defence program in his academy for international students at the University of Adelaide, and runs Tai Chi and Kungfu classes to help the elderly improve their overall health; with the goal of expanding his work into setting up a program for people living with a disability.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Winner

2016_Governors_Farewell_125Muhammad Reefath Rahman, University of South Australia
Bangladesh

In the final year of his Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at the University of South Australia, Muhammad is also studying a Bachelor of Innovation/Entrepreneurship, and has taken on the role of UniSA Blogging Project Assistant; developing the University’s International Student Blog project to increase communication between international students from different countries. In addition to this work, he has also volunteered at the Cancer Council, the Adelaide Fringe, the Australian Red Cross, and the South Australian Bangladeshi Community Association. Over the summer break, he will be working at the Centre for Business Growth at the University of South Australia, where he will analyse and interpret data collected from Australian SME CEOs.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Highly Commended

2016_Governors_Farewell_124Daniel Han Kin Juan, Le Cordon Bleu
Singapore

Before coming to Australia to undertake a Bachelor of Business (Food Entrepreneurship) at Le Cordon Bleu, Daniel worked as a chef in Singapore for six years. Once he arrived in Adelaide, he used his industry connections to develop a series of products in conjunction with Olga’s Fine Foods called The Sauce Boss after his industry research showed there was interest in Singaporean crab sauce in the Australian market. Moving to the Clare Valley and working for the Seed Winehouse + Kitchen, Daniel has also excelled in his studies; achieving two credits, four distinctions and one high distinction in his first semester. He has also organised potluck dinners with fellow international students, in an effort to share different cultures and food among his peers.